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? >> guest: well, war is a completely amoral environment. all the rules are suspended. city blocks don't look the same nothing looks the same, especially in a weird place such as saigon was. it's a kind of free-for-all, especially when you're in such a foreign culture as the orient where none of the western rules apply, very few of them -- that coupled with the fact that women were the great surplus product of asia in those days. here you had all these gis and journalists and politicians and construction workers and aides workers and spooks and god knows what else just descending from the sky. most of them left their wives home. so what were they going to do? c-span: what impact did it have on the war? >> guest: i don't know. c-span: you write about the prostitutes and the bars. >> guest: of course, we're talking about people, which is the majority of those half million troops that were in the rear. guys that were beating the bushes every day and putting their lives on the line were not doing that full time. it goes with any war, i think. c-span: there are a bunch of letters in here from a fe
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